FLORENCE -- Susannah M. McCuaig, professor of education at Francis Marion University, and Floyd Creech from the Florence School District One office, delivered two papers, "Shared Reading: Fun Activities to Teach 3's, 4's, and 5's to Read" and "Developmentally Appropriate Phonemic Awareness Activities for Young Children," at the South Carolina Association of the Education of Young Children held in Columbia.
In conjunction with FMU senior, Morgan B. Oates, and Darlington teacher and FMU graduate, Charles L. Miller, McCuaig discussed "Student Teaching in New Zealand: A Special Option for Motivated Students" at the South Carolina Association of College Teacher Educators in Charleston. With Lloyd Hutchings, FMU professor of education, Makram Bishara, FMU professor of education, and Creech, McCuaig discussed "Accelerating Mastery of Basic Number Concepts and Facts: Three Promising New Procedures,” at the South Carolina Association for the Practical Use of Research in Columbia.
With Oates and Miller, McCuaig published "Learning the Secrets of Incredibly Successful New Zealand Reading Programs: A Special Internationalization Initiative in Student Teaching in the SCRATE Journal." With J.G. Connor, and Creech, McCuaig completed the research portion of a published monograph entitled "What Reading Partnership Organizations Can Do To Encourage the Development of Beginning Reading Through Access to Quality Children's Literature." This was sponsored by the South Carolina First Steps State Board and is being distributed to all local First Step offices throughout the state.
McCuaig and Hutchings completed the Teacher's Guide and Reference Manual for a nationally distributed textbook by Carol Cox, "Teaching Language Arts, A student- and Response-Centered Classroom."
Hutchings, professor of education, delivered a paper, "Facilitating Mastery of Numbers and Number Facts: Doing the DOOF" at the South Carolina Association of the Education of Young Children Conference held in Columbia. With FMU student, Morgan Oates, he discussed "Improving the Numerical Development of K5 students: A New Approach to Success for a Wide Range of Achievement Levels" to the South Carolina Association of College Teacher Educators in Charleston.
The article has been accepted for spring publication in the Journal of South Carolina (SCRATE). With Bishara, Creech, and McCuaig, Hutchings presented "Accelerating Student Mastery of Basic Number Concepts and Facts: Three Promising New Procedures," at the Association for the Practical Use of Research in Columbia. Hutchings and Amar Almasude, FMU coordinator of instructional technology, spoke about "Synchronous Communication and File Transfer: Focus on IC", at the AECT/LITE Conference in Charleston. Hutchings' and Almasude's paper, "Strategic Planning for Faculty, Staff, and Students: Development ASCUE" has been accepted for an upcoming conference in Myrtle Beach.
Xiaoqun (David) Xu, associated professor of history, presented his paper, "Prison Reform in Early Twentieth-Century China, 1901-1937," at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting held in San Diego, in March. The paper was part of a panel, entitled "Justice and Modernity: Chinese Judicial System in the Twentieth Century and Beyond," which Xu organized.